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Learn How to Save Money with Commercial Solar Hot Water Systems

Learn How to Save Money with Commercial Solar Hot Water Systems

Commercial solar hot water is not new. Large and small companies, hotels and resorts have been using it to save money for years now.

Not until recently have Commercial Plumbing Contractors pursued the solar how water niche. The demand use to be low but today we are now finding more and more licensed plumbing contractors being asked to contribute their knowledge and expertise in the solar hot water area. Whether it is a system for a new commercial project/facility or an eco-friendly addition, commercial plumbers are being asked to design/build systems for facilities from simple neighborhood laundry mats, public swimming pools to some of the largest name hotels, resorts and institutions. All businesses are looking to cut costs in their fuel energy costs and solar hot water is turning out to be a ‘hot’ and money saving solution.

All you really need today for effective solar hot water heating are two things: you need solar panels and you need a hot water storage tank. Solar panels are made from evacuated tube collectors that simply collect the solar energy from the sun, transfer this heat to the water and then into the copper coil heat exchanger located inside the hot water storage tank and from there it moves on to the domestic hot water system. This is one of the most efficient ways to use the energy of the sun for hot water uses.

The second component for solar hot water is the storage hot water tank. A storage tank can be designed and built for any type or size of project, regardless if it is for a new building or a pre-existing building. So long as you have a place that is flat, level and can support the weight of the water in the tank. Getting very large water storage tanks into existing buildings use to be a major problem but today we use a specially designed storage tank that comes in a collapsible form and can fit through a 19 inch door way and be set up in a matter of hours. This tank is state of the art and a one of a kind. This unique collapsible design is what makes it ideal for pre-exisitng buildings.

Popular energy savers: solar hot water

Popular energy savers: solar hot water

Solar power is becoming more popular every day. This alternative energy source helps to save the planet by cutting down on the usage of non-renewable carbon based fuels, and it can save the energy consumer a significant amount of money on their energy bill. Another great benefit of solar power is that, once set up, the installation requires little upkeep, meaning it is pretty much maintenance free.

Solar energy systems generate electricity using the sun’s rays. The energy produced by various solar systems will supply electricity for the main property and any excess can be fed into the national electricity grid, reducing energy shortages.
Tremendous advances were made in solar technology since ‘global warming’ awareness arose and a worldly ‘energy crisis’ hit everyone’s wallet. People realized that other, more efficient and natural energy sources needed to be developed or enhanced.
One of the most popular solar power applications for residences, businesses or industrial use is solar hot water. This system can not only maintain a comfortable water temperature for swimming pools, but can also provide under-floor heating and space heating/cooling.

Solar water heating systems are generally based on thermal collectors. In addition, the system, which moves heat from the collectors to its point of usage, may require electricity to pump the fluid and a tank or reservoir to store the heat until it is needed.

A solar hot water system is economical and its basics are simple.
• Solar collector panels are installed on top of your roof along with a water storage tank.
• The sun’s energy will warm up the cold water in the collector.
• Once the water reaches a certain temperature, either by a pump or by thermosyphoning, it will be circulated to the storage tank.
• A water cycle is created when hot water leaves the collector and is being replaced by cold water from the bottom of the storage tank.
• Until it is needed, pre-heated water is conveniently stored in the tank.
• Because hot water rises just like air, heated water is taken from the top of the storage tank whenever you take a shower, or turn on your hot water tap.